Hunger and poverty create a vicious cycle: hungry adults are literally too weak to work or look for work; hungry children are too tired to absorb the learning that might lift them out of their wretched circumstances. And hunger is so cruel – it returns again and again.
In this programme containers are converted into community soup kitchens in extremely poor and impoverished areas.
I need your help to fight the oldest enemy – hunger, the most direct and cruel result of poverty. I recently met Marlon Apollis, a man dedicated to beating this enemy in his own community. Marlon lives and cares for his community in Wellington, a rural town in the Western Cape, where he runs the soup kitchen you can see in these pictures. They started feeding desperately hungry children and elderly people in this town, which depends on seasonal agricultural work, four years ago. Local teachers had begged them for support, pointing out that children were showing up for school faint and dizzy with chronic hunger.
Once a week, they serve over 700 people, mostly children and elderly folk, a plate of hot, nourishing food. But as you can see, the rickety shack in which they cook is completely unsuitable – it’s unsafe, unhygienic, it leaks and there is no proper equipment – they don’t even have a decent stove or catering-size pots. That’s because they spend every penny they raise on the food they serve. But it’s all they have. Which is why they have asked Breadline Africa for urgent help – and I’m turning to you, in the hope that you’ll share my vision of a beautiful, fully equipped, clean and secure container kitchen so that Marlon and his team can serve a hot, nourishing meal every day, to those who need it most.
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For more information on other container soup kitchens please click on the images below.